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Apprenticeship and collaborationA third building system, likewise developed for the Munsingen-based firm, was the USM Haller office furniture system, which he developed in 1964-70 and which has since become a classic of modern furniture design. Finally, in the early 1970s, H. developed a system for highly systematized construction of buildings with medium spanning distances (Midi system). This was used for the first time on a large scale in the Swiss Railways Training Centre at Murten (1980-2, with Alfons Barth and Hans Zaugg). Among H.’s other buildings, the best known are: those for USM in Miinsingen (1960-4); the Wagscn-ring School in Basle (1st phase 1951-5; 2nd phase 1958-62); the Canton School in Baden (1958-64); and the Hohere Technische Lehr-anstalt (Higher Technical Training Centre) in Brugg-Windisch (1961-6). H., who with Franz Fiieg is the most prominent representative of the ‘Solothurn School’ (Switzerland), has never sought originality, but rather has always aimed at the generally valid solution. His primary concern is the mastery of a given task on an abstract level. Just as in architecture – which he considers as based in construction – his approach led him to develop building systems, so in town planning, on which he has written two basic works, he develops ideal plans which exclude any element of chance. Hardy, Hugh (Gelston), b. Majorca 1932 (the son of American parents). Studied at Princeton University and then worked for several years as assistant to the Ncw York stage designer Jo Mielziner. In 1962, he established his own architectural office in Ncw York, and in 1967 entered into a partnership with his earlier collaborators Malcolm Holzman and Norman Pfeiffer as Hardy Holzman Pfeiffcr Associates (HHPA). Their work is one of the most convincing examples of the ‘third way’ in American architecture, between the radical-ization of the abstract formal language of modernism on the one hand (Ncw York Five) and a no less formally obsessed Post-Modern-ism on the other.

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